In Copenhagen this August? If not, you should be. Otherwise, you could face the horrible reality that is missing one of this year’s most talked about festivals organised by Noma’s René Redzepi.

Coming to Refshaleøen – an island in Copenhagen’s harbor – from 25 to 26 August 2013, MAD Symposium promises a riveting line-up of some of the world’s most influential chefs including Alex Atala, Alain Ducasse, David Chang, Margot Henderson and Christian Puglisi. And if that (somehow) didn’t manage to whet your appetite, the full line up of food activists, authors, artists, filmmakers and food Editors attending should:

Alex Atala, Chef, Brazil

Vandana Shiva, Environmental Activist, India

Dario Cecchini, Butcher, Italy

Christian Puglisi, Chef, Denmark

Margot Henderson, Chef, United Kingdom

Sandor Katz, Fermentation Revivalist, United States

Jon Reiner, Author, United States

Pascal Barbot, Chef, France

Diana Kennedy, Author, Mexico/United Kingdom

Cynthia Sandberg, farmer, United States

David Kinch, Chef, United States

Heribert Watzke, Food Scientist, Switzerland

Alain Ducasse, Chef, France

David Choe, Artist, United States

Josh Whiteland, Guide, Australia,

Barbara Lynch, Chef, United States

Knud Romer, Author, Denmark

Daniel Klein & Mirra Fine, Activist Film makers, United States

The team behind MAD Symposium is equally impressive. What began in 2011 as a part of a grassroots celebration of flavour and good eating with just one permanent staff member is now a thriving team of award-winning chefs like Ferran Adrià, Massimo Bottura – who both took part in MAD Symposium 2012 - and food critics, including FOUR magazine’s very own food columnist Andrea Petrini. 

This year’s MAD Symposium – which is the third of its kind – has a theme of ‘guts’ and will be curated by David Chang of Momofuku, New York, Chris Ying, Editor-in-Chief of Lucky Peach, United States and Peter Meehan, Editor of Lucky Peach, United States.

Like ‘vegetation’ and ‘appetite’, MAD Symposium 2013’s theme of ‘guts’ is frustratingly vague but somehow manages to crystallise the uniqueness of the festival and the thought provoking issues that are touched on at the event. ‘Guts’, we’re told, is meant to ‘invoke a sense of courage and urgency, enabling this year’s MAD to become a venue where we can reflect on the stories and ideas that no one usually dares or gets an opportunity to tell.’ 

The festival will take place on 25 and 26 August 2013 on Refshaleøen  - an island in Copenhagen’s harbor and each ticket costs DKK 2,500 (c. US$450; €335), which covers attendance over two days; breakfast, lunch, coffee and water both days; as well as entry to the after party dinner directly following the Symposium’s end. 

To be in for a chance to experience one of the world’s most ground-breaking food events of its time and for the chance to rub shoulders with the culinary elite, email Ali Kurshat Altinsoy at to purchase a ticket. Go on, you’d be ‘mad’ not to. 

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